Trailer hitch for 2020 Prius Prime?

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  1. VTBIGDOG

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    Apologies. Must be the 2" receiver hitches fit differently.
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    We don't know why Toyota said no hitch no way no how. We don't know if it is due to the drivetrain unable to reliably pull much of a trailer, or the brakes unable to stop one, or the frame unable to either pull or support much weight.

    For a bike rack...a feather weight carbon fibre road bike carried close to the car is one thing. Two e-bike mountain bikes on a rack driven over a bumpy road.....might get expensive.
     
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    In Europe, the Prius is rated for 750kg. Under UK trailer regulations, the maximum tongue weight for such a trailer load is 75kg. 165 pounds is probably a reasonable limit for hitch accessories like bike mounts.

    In the US, a trailer's tongue weight is a higher portion of the trailer weight; 20% to the UK's 10%. This makes the trailer more stable at speeds over 60mph. Europe has a hard speed limit of 55 to 60 mph for cars towing. The tongue weight is the amount of the trailer weight actually carried by the car's, rear in most cases, suspension. Assuming that is the hard limit Toyota used for determining the tow rating for Europe, a US spec loaded trailer will have a max weight of about 825lbs. More likely lower as the SAE procedure for determining this is tougher than what the auto companies use in Europe.

    With the weight of the traction pack, the Prime may not have a tow rating even in Europe.
     
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    In the Netherlands the Prius has a 725kg rating and 60kg tongue weight. Those numbers are according to the European type approval for the vehicle.
    The Prius Plug-in has a rating of 0kg and a tongue weight of 0kg.
    Max speed with trailers is 80 to 100km/h in Europe with the exception of France which allows 130km/h.
     
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